Take the Northern Line towards Edgware, alight onto the platform at Hampstead, and you'll be 192 feet below one of the most charming places in all of London
Take the lift or pant up the 320 steps to the top, and you will find yourself in a place that feels far from the centre of London. In contrast to the impersonal hub-bub that swarms beneath its hill, Hampstead feels more like a place on holiday. The locals are forever bumping into one another, but only for a chat. People have dogs, but they don't look like they'll eat you. Around every corner there's at least one architectural delight. And on every street there are trees.The eighteenth century spa turned Hampstead into a health resort, the consequent crowds of visitors turned it into a pleasure resort: it has stayed that way ever since.
On Hampstead's slopes you'll find buildings of extraordinary architectural
quality from every period from the late 17th century onwards. Traditional pubs, eateries and cafes, museums and of course the rolling green acres of the Heath just a short walk away.
Hampstead has long attracted the great, the good and the infamous. In famous writers and poets alone (and this is the shortlist) Hampstead could fill a library: Keats, William Blake, GM Hopkins, Auden, Dickens, Orwell, Waugh, Eliot, Lawrence, RL Stevenson, HG Wells,Goldsmith, Galsworthy, Priestley, Amis, AA Milne, Ian Fleming, Katherine Mansfield, Aldous Huxley, Agatha Christie, Stella Gibbons, Margaret Drabble.
Add to that famous artists, composers, architects, scientists, actors, prime ministers, presidents, actors, thinkers and pioneers in every field, not to mention the infamous - from the regicide Sir Harry Vane in the 1660s to the Sex Pistols in the 1970s, and you know the place must have something special about it.
Hampstead has gone through many changes over the centuries, but
has still managed to keep its unique identity and rural feel. The aim of the Society is to see that it stays that way.
The work of the Town Committee
The Town Committee focuses exclusively on the interests of Hampstead Town, a range of vital and sometimes controversial areas:
In the late 1980s developers applied for permission to raze New End Hospital to the ground. Once again a fine Victorian building seemed doomed to destruction by Camden’s wholesale neglect of planning law.
But not this time.
New End Hospital’s classical form still graces the streets of Hampstead.
Because a long, hard and ultimately successful battle was fought to save it by a working group of our members.
From that group the Town Committee was born. A dedicated group of volunteers whose work focuses exclusively on the interests of Hampstead Town.